#Hi9ja Update: The Agricultural Sector in Nigeria

The nation’s population is growing explosively: One out of every six Africans is Nigerian. However, Nigeria has had some problems keeping all these people well fed. Where 20 years ago, 70% of the labor force was engaged in agriculture, that figure has dropped to around 30%. Further, much of the produce cultivated is exported and not meant for domestic consumption, such as cocoa or natural rubber.
Many of the people who work in Nigeria’s fields do so to feed their families with their crops. The agricultural infrastructure was neglected more and more as getting a job in Nigeria’s petrochemical industry proved much more profitable. This, in turn, stunted both the growth and efficiency of the agricultural sector. As such, some food must be imported and is unaffordable to the average Nigerian.

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